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Case Study of a Hybrid Wind and Tidal Turbines System with a Microgrid for Power Supply to a Remote Off-Grid Community in New Zealand

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Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department, School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences Auckland University of Technology, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
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Technology Research Department, R&D Center, Fusheng Industrial Co., Ltd., Taipei 24158, Taiwan
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Academic Editors: Luis Hernández-Callejo, Jiří Jaromír Klemeš, Paweł Ocłoń, Abdoulmohammad Gholamzadeh Chofreh and Xuexiu Jia
Energies 2021, 14(12), 3636; https://doi.org/10.3390/en14123636
Received: 18 March 2021 / Revised: 1 June 2021 / Accepted: 14 June 2021 / Published: 18 June 2021
This paper evaluates the feasibility of using a hybrid system consisting of wind and tidal turbines connected to a microgrid for power supply to coastal communities that are isolated from a main supply grid. The case study is Stewart Island, where the cost of electricity, provided by a central diesel power station, is higher than the grid network in New Zealand. Local residents believe that reducing the consumption of diesel and having a renewable source of electricity generation are two of the island’s highest priorities. Merging a tidal energy source (predictable) with wind (unpredictable) and diesel (back-up), through a microgrid, may be a way to increase reliability and decrease the cost of generation. Several off-grid configurations are simulated using HOMER and WRPLOT software. Using two wind and four tidal turbines, plus one diesel generator for back-up, is the best design in terms of lower greenhouse gas emissions, higher renewable fraction, and reduced net present cost. View Full-Text
Keywords: microgrid; HOMER Pro; wind; tidal microgrid; HOMER Pro; wind; tidal
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Majdi Nasab, N.; Kilby, J.; Bakhtiaryfard, L. Case Study of a Hybrid Wind and Tidal Turbines System with a Microgrid for Power Supply to a Remote Off-Grid Community in New Zealand. Energies 2021, 14, 3636. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14123636

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Majdi Nasab N, Kilby J, Bakhtiaryfard L. Case Study of a Hybrid Wind and Tidal Turbines System with a Microgrid for Power Supply to a Remote Off-Grid Community in New Zealand. Energies. 2021; 14(12):3636. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14123636

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Majdi Nasab, Navid, Jeff Kilby, and Leila Bakhtiaryfard. 2021. "Case Study of a Hybrid Wind and Tidal Turbines System with a Microgrid for Power Supply to a Remote Off-Grid Community in New Zealand" Energies 14, no. 12: 3636. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14123636

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